Best of the City 2015 - 405 Magazine

Best of the City 2015

Presenting 110 of the greatest hits to be found in central Oklahoma; you voted, we counted, and here they are. From antique store to charity event, defunct dining establishment to anticipated future development – and with a few of our staff selections added for good measure – we’re happy to share these high points with you.


The Results Of Our 3rd Annual Poll Are In, And The People Have Spoken! From Food To Fun, People To Projects, We’ve Cataloged Your Favorite Parts Of Living In The Oklahoma City Metro And Surroundings Plus Thrown In Our Two Cents With Our Editors’ Choice Winners. Majority Rules In This Fair Democracy, So Without Further Ado, Your Winners …

Good Eats & Drinks

Editors’ Choice

Kaiser’s Sundae

A mountain of whipped cream and a cherry or two make sweetly appealing additions, but the foundation for this whopper of a classically delicious treat is the homemade ice cream. Pick your favorite flavors and augment them with elements like a soft brownie, chunks of ground Oreos, rich hot fudge, raspberry sauce … with the “create your own” option, a vast array of tempting options are your building blocks. The result can fill diners of any age with childlike glee, and not to sound shallow, but: sometimes bigger is better.

Most Anticipated New Neighbor

FlashBack RetroPub

Last we heard, this ’80s-themed bar is set to open in May; several of us are already stockpiling quarters in preparation. Because the place will offer more than a robust beer selection (including local brews), full bar, rotating assortment of primo food trucks and a soundtrack that should be thoroughly radical (it might even be gnarly to the max); FlashBack will house a fairly massive suite of old-school arcade-style video game cabinets – Asteroids, Dig Dug, Street Fighter II, NBA JAM and the like. If the promise of a beer and some pixelated mayhem after work sounds tempting, we’ll probably see you there. Just remember: We call dibs on Captain America and the Avengers.

Fassler Hall

Your mileage may vary on this one if you’re a vegetarian; otherwise there’s plenty to grab your interest at this Haus of German deliciousness. Try a warm, soft, buttery pretzel with a killer gouda sauce and sinus-clearing mustard, move on to sample a variety of exceptional house-made sausage (we were especially enamored of the Hunter, a mix of smoked venison, pork and buffalo) or the perfectly prepared schnitzel sandwich, wash it all down with a good selection of imported Bier – we had pilsner, dunkel and hefeweizen – and see whether you don’t feel better about life. The cheerful, wood-paneled Midtown gathering place even has a great soundtrack, and since location is key, bear in mind there’s a bowling alley in close proximity.

Readers’ Choice

► Best locally owned coffee shop

Cuppies & Joe

727 NW 23rd St Oklahoma City, OK 73103 


16 locations in the metro

O Bar at Ambassador Hotel

1200 N Walker Ave Okahoma City, OK 73103

Republic Gastropub

5830 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118 

Bricktown Brewery

3 locations in the metro

Coop Ale Works

4745 Council Heights Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73179 

Bin 73

7312 N Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73116 


5137 N Classen Cir Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Jimmy’s Egg

10 locations in the metro


2409 N Hudson Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Café 501

5825 NW Grand Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Café 7

2 locations in the metro

Revolve Pizza Kitchen

5500 W Memorial Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73142


6 locations in the metro

Ranch Steakhouse

3000 W Britton Rd Oklahoma City, OK 73120

La Baguette

3 locations in the metro &

Big Truck Tacos


Redrock Canyon Grill

9221 Lake Hefner Pkwy
Oklahoma City, OK 73120


333 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102


5 locations in the metro

Nic’s Grill

1201 N Pennsylvania Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73107


S&B’s Burger Joint

3 locations in the metro

Earl’s Rib Palace

6 locations in the metro

Hideaway Pizza

6 locations in the metro


5641 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118


1309 S Agnew Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Sushi Neko

4318 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73118


5 locations in the metro

 Red Cup

3122 N Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73118


6014 N May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73112


Editors’ Choice

Riversport Rapids

The state-of-the-art RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rapids and kayaking center beckons us to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow in 2016. While other MAPS 3 projects like new sidewalks and a streetcar line have great utility, they lack the adrenaline-fueled, heart-racing appeal of a bracing splash of water in your face. The addition to the Boathouse District is under construction now in a $45+ million effort, bringing a world-class training facility combined with a fun family-friendly endeavor to the shores of the Oklahoma River.

Best Outing for Three Generations to Share

OKC Dodgers Game

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are of the summer evenings when my grandpa would take me and my brothers to an ’89ers game at the Fairgrounds. We’d have stadium footlongs, ice cream or soft drinks, and when we invariably got tired of sitting in the stands to watch the game, we’d retire to the grassy hill behind the outfield where tag was a perfectly acceptable game-time pursuit for those small fries with short attention spans. It’s time for a new generation to make those memories at a game of the recently renamed OKC Dodgers at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Keeping abreast of the latest developments around the metro is an integral part of the job, and even if it wasn’t, the content on the fascinating would suck us in. A quick visit to the site will plug you into a network of local aficionados who make it their mission to know what’s going down. Sometimes the discussion gets heated, as any online forum with healthy attendance does, but it’s all part of the experience. The only problem with the site is that it’s just too interesting to stop at just one look … one thread leads to another, then another, and before you know it, two hours have passed and your original pursuit is long forgotten.

Readers’ Choice

IAO Gallery

706 W Sheridan Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Dr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Festival of the Arts

April 21-26, 2015

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Lyric Theatre

1727 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Oklahoma City Ballet

7421 N Classen Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Festival of the Arts

April 21-26, 2015

OKC Memorial Marathon

April 26, 2015

Chesapeake Energy Arena

100 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Grand Casino Hotel & Resort

777 Grand Casino Blvd
Shawnee, OK 74804

Warren Theater

1000 S Telephone Rd
Moore, OK 73160

OKC Thunder Basketball

Oklahoma City Zoo

2101 NE 50th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Grand Casino

777 Grand Casino Blvd
Shawnee, OK 74804

Boathouse District

725 S Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73129


Bricktown or

Skirvin Hotel

1 Park Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Arcadian Inn

328 1st St Edmond, OK 73034

Artesian Hotel

1001 W 1st St
Sulphur, OK 73086

Beavers Bend State Park

435 OK-259A Broken Bow, OK 74728

Gotta Love Those Okies

Editors’ Choice

Horse Thief by Doug Schwarz

Horse Thief

Sharing a far more ethereal and shimmering sound than their down-and-dirty name would suggest, Horse Thief (Cameron Neal, Alberto Roubert, Cody Fowler, Zach Zeller and Alex Coleman) has Texas roots but came together as a band right here in OKC under the tutelage of ACM@UCO. 2014 was a banner year, considering that they played over 200 shows in 9 different countries and released their first full-length album “Fear in Bliss,” but we wouldn’t mind seeing the psych-tinged indie rockers steal a bit more of the music scene spotlight – catch their set in the Norman Music Festival April 24 and hear why for yourself.

Russell Westbrook by Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images, Provided by the Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook

Get it? Because he BROKE HIS FACE and only missed one game while blazing through an MVP-caliber season despite leading a lineup of walking wounded, including last year’s MVP KD. This is a man who had his third knee surgery less than a year and a half ago and is still one of the fastest players in the NBA; who broke his hand at the beginning of this season and is still among the league’s premier ball-handlers; who shrugged off a nickel-sized dent in his cheek to rack up a 4th straight triple-double (a feat not done since 1989, by a fella named Michael Jordan). Called things like “inhuman,” “half-man, half-rocket ship” and “Point Godzilla,” we’ve seen him carry the team time and again by sheer force of will, and win or lose he rarely fails to amaze.

Readers’ Choice

Mayor Mick Cornett

Kevin Durant

Aubrey McClendon

Infant Crisis Services

4244 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Miki Farris, Infant Crisis Services


Editors’ Choice

Trader Joe’s coming to OKC

Are they or aren’t they? Yea or nay? It seems like the last time a chain rumored to open got this much traction, we ended up with the long-awaited, much-revered Whole Foods in Classen Curve. Now, another grocery may (or may not) be settling in to the loving bosom of our arms just a few blocks north. A Tulsa location has been confirmed by TJ’s management and it seems OKC is not far behind, if the rumors are to be believed. Let’s all cross our fingers …
the Cookie Butter is running low.

Best Browsing of Curated Collections (Tie)

All-Star Comics

All-Star Comics is a favorite for comic and graphic novel enthusiasts to explore the wall-to-wall offerings. From the latest superhero fresh from the big screen and collector’s back issues to action figures and interesting t-shirts, you can find something that needs to come home with you on every visit with Norman and his staff.

Sara Kate Studios

If your predilection runs more to feathering your nest, head downtown where globe-trotting shop-mistress Sara Kate fills her eponymous space with items big and small amassed during her travels. Walking through the store is a feast for the senses, and it’s a challenge to know where to start. High-quality vintage, antique, quirky, unique, interesting finds, textures, smells … all have a place here. Plan to take some time to meander and let your mind wander through the possibilities.


Reader's Choice

23rd Street Antique Mall

3023 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Full Circle Bookstore

50 Penn Place
1900 Northwest Expy Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Schlegel Bicycles

900 N Broadway Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Bob Moore Auto Group

15 locations in the metro

Mathis Brothers Furniture

3434 W Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

BC Clark Jewelers

3 locations in the metro


8 locations in the metro

Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design

109 E Main St
Norman, OK 73069

New Leaf Florist

2 locations in the metro

Green Bambino

5120 N Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Five & Company

335 S Mustang Rd Suite F
Yukon, Oklahoma 73099


3 locations in the metro

Uptown Kids

5840 N Classen Blvd #3
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Blue 7

7518 N May Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Metro Shoe Warehouse

2 locations in the metro

Bad Granny’s Bazaar

1759 NW 16st St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106


17 locations in the metro

Jonathan Bolding, Zone 4 Fitness

5500 W Memorial Rd,
OKC 73142

Scott Do, Do It Rite Fitness

10964 N May Ave,
OKC 73120

Soul Yoga

8028 N May Ave #110
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Dr. Robert Stepp, Deaconess Family Care

11101 Hefner Pt Rd, Ste 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 405.751.5555

Dr. Nathan Guilford Toothbrusher’s Dental

4534 NW 50th St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73122

Dr. Jeff Baggett

200 N Sooner Rd # B,
Edmond, OK 73034

Dr. Tim Love


Chad Taber

 Salon W
7304 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Sharon Tabb

Jason Sims

Choppers Hair Design
6748 NW 39th Expressway Bethany, OK 73008

Salon W

7304 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Cottonwood Salon & Spa

35 E 33rd St Edmond, OK 73013

Polished Nail Salon

2 locations in the metro


201 NW 10th St. Suite #125,
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Polished Nail Salon

2 locations in the metro

Midtown Vets

231 NW 10th St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73103